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Amber Alert: Abducted child still missing after woman shot to death in Santa Maria

Update, 5:15 p.m.

The black Jeep Cherokee associated with an Amber Alert suspect was reportedly found in what is described as “a quiet neighborhood” in Santa Barbara.

About 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Santa Barbara resident Randy Mantooth saw a man exit the Jeep and get into another vehicle — an older, light-colored sedan.

“I didn’t think much about it till he got into the other car,” Mantooth told Noozhawk, adding that initially he thought it was someone coming home from a bar.

Mantooth, an actor best known for his starring role in the 1970s television series “Emergency!,” said “it was eerie” to discover the Jeep’s connection to the Santa Maria homicide and abduction.

Update, 2:50 p.m.

The black Jeep Cherokee associated with an Amber Alert suspect was found in a Santa Barbara neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Santa Barbara police responded to the area of Maricopa and Lee drives, near the Five Points Shopping Center, after the car was reported parked on the street.

As of 2:15 p.m., detectives were going door to door and officers blocked off Maricopa Drive between Lee Drive and North La Cumbre Road.

The vehicle had the same license plate, make and model listed on the Amber Alert, but there was no sign of the suspect or abducted child, according to authorities.

Update, 11:00 a.m.

The Morozovs are likely in a black 2017 Jeep Cherokee with a license plate of 7XZK698, police said.

Original story:

An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing child who was abducted from Santa Maria after a Monday night shooting that killed a woman.

Daniel Morozov, 9, is 4-foot-5 and weighs 90 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He’s believed to be with Konstantin Morozov, who is 48 years old, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police were dispatched to a shooting at 230 N. College Drive in Santa Maria about 8:45 p.m. Monday. The victim, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, according to emergency radio traffic. The suspect, who is believed to speak Russian or German, fled on foot, according to radio traffic, and may be the victim’s husband.

A neighbor said she heard several shots being fired.

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Nearly four hours later, police issued an alert for the child.

“The suspect abducted the child from Santa Maria, California. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous,” the alert issued early Tuesday said.

The Morozov’s last known vehicle was a 2015 blue Volkswagen Golf hatchback with a license plate of 7JGG242. On Tuesday morning, police found that vehicle abandoned in Santa Maria. They now believe that the pair may be in a black, late-model SUV, police said.

The police ask people to pay special attention to border crossings and international airports.

If you see the vehicle or either person, call 911 and do not approach them, police say.

Monday’s shooting is the first homicide in the city of Santa Maria for 2017. The last homicide was in September 2016. Other homicides in that area this year have occurred outside the city limits and in Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully and Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli contributed to this story.

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